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Gambler arrested in Bell Gardens casino, allegedly spit in dealer's face

August 16, 2010 | 12:09 pm

A man who seemingly has difficulty keeping a poker face was arrested Sunday evening after allegedly spitting in a  dealer’s face at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens.

Mesbah Khaffaji, 52, was gambling Sunday night at a no-limit hold’em poker table when he became upset and spit food on the dealer’s glasses, police said.

“We can only assume because he lost a hand,” said Sgt. Brendan Kirkpatrick of the Bell Gardens Police Department.

Khaffaji was detained by casino security until police arrived around 7 p.m. and arrested him on suspicion of misdemeanor battery.

Kirkpatrick said it wasn’t the first time a disgruntled gambler had taken out frustrations on a dealer.

“Is it often? No. Does it happen? Yes,” Kirkpatrick said. “People get heated. Large sums of money lost; people can’t control their emotions.”

-- Robert Faturechi